Thursday, 22 September 2016

NFL picks Week Three sponsored by Studio Yukupo

Horrible week of picks for me last round but my spirit is not quite broken just yet. We'll just call it teething problems as I got suckered in like a fish on some of them as I shook my head afterwards wondering what the hell I was thinking. In particular, picking the Giants and Raiders  each at -4.5. Things are just too volatile at the beginning of the season and teams with obvious weaknesses should really never be picked -3 or higher unless they're playing Tampa at home, holy crap was that one not fun to watch unfold.

Picks after the jump.

Week 3
Home Team listed in CAPS
(*) = Point spread

Texans (PK) at PATRIOTS
Cardinals (-3.5) at BILLS
Vikings (+7) at PANTHERS
Broncos (+3) at BENGALS
Lions (+7.5) at PACKERS
Ravens (-1.5) at JAGUARS
Browns (+9.5) at DOLPHINS
Redskins (+4.5) at GIANTS
Raiders (+1.5) at TITANS
49ers (+9.5) at SEAHAWKS
Rams (+5.5) at BUCCANEERS
Chargers (+2.5) at COLTS
Jets (+3) at CHIEFS
Steelers (-3.5) at EAGLES
Bears (+7) at COWBOYS
Falcons (+3) at SAINTS

I pick: Texans, Bills, Vikings, Bengals, Lions, Ravens, Browns, Redskins, Raiders, 49ers, Buccaneers, Chargers, Jets, Steelers, Bears, Falcons

Chris picks: TBA

Super picks: Texans (PK), Ravens (-1.5), Redskins (+4.5), 49ers (+9.5), Steelers (-3.5)

I have to go with the Texans in tonight's game. This is where it gets dangerous because I'm picking based on trying to reverse engineer the universe rather than real hardcore football analysis. Next week is the last game that Tom Brady will be suspended for. They're playing the Jaguars and there is absolutely no power in the verse that can stop me from picking the Pats to win straight up in fact, that might be my survivor pool pick assuming Miami doesn't cock up this week. Anyhow, there is no possible way New England goes 4-0 without Brady... right? The word is out that Jacoby Brissett is starting tonight and Houston has a good D-line. I'm happy to take those chances.

Meanwhile I made another huge mistake last week swerving from my "always pick against the Jaguars" creed so I have decided to correct that this week by picking Baltimore even though they ahven't looked like killers the first two weeks. The way I see it, the Jags are falling apart mentally. I am pretty sure I saw this game listed as a pickem earlier in the week so the action on Baltimore must have been heavy - usually a deterrent but Jacksonville is not to be trusted.

I don't believe the Giants can pull away from their opponents. They may win this game straight up but they've never had a convincing home field advantage and I think all the teams in the NFC East are fairly close together in talent. Kirk Cousins has been under fire in the media this week, with anonymous teammates reportedly hating on him which is a big contrast from two weeks ago when you had Darrell Green saying the Redskins could win a Super Bowl with him at the helm. It may not work out long term but I back him to bounce back this week at least.

My fears about the Seahawks were confirmed last week and the week before that and stunningly, no one has learnt this week. The Panthers were able to explode late in the game and pull away from the 49ers last Sunday. The Hawks have no explosive scoring in them, not anymore at least and Blaine Gabbert is at minimum competent. Some of the players also have their heads filled with nonsense, we won't get into that but their minds don't appear to be on the game at hand except they don't have the luxury of riding the pine and avoiding in-game fire. I see another ludicrous display upcoming.

Last Week:
Me: 5-10-1    (14-17-1)
Chris: 8-7-1    (19-12-1)
SC: 2-3    (6-4)

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